The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

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By (author) Max Brooks, Illustrated by Canaan White, Illustrated by Caanan White

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  • Publisher: BROADWAY BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0307464970
  • ISBN 13: 9780307464972
  • Illustrations note: BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 55,488

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From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment--the Harlem Hellfighters In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on--and off--the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action-packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.

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MAX BROOKS is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of" World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, " and "The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks."

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""The Harlem Hellfighters" brings to life a long forgotten piece of American history. Bravo, Max Brooks, bravo." --Spike Lee "An utterly fresh and shocking blend of storytelling and graphic art that takes us back to the global conflagration at the dawn of the last century and the heroic and outsized role brave African American soldiers played in turning the tide for the Allies. In an injustice oft repeated throughout our history, the heroic feats of the "Harlem Hellfighters" were not just forgotten but deliberately suppressed by a nation eager to accept the Black man's sacrifice but terrified to give him the slightest credit for it. Denied the ability to even defend themselves back home, the Hellfighters tear up the Western Front and terrify the Germans, facing down machine guns, rats, and poison gas with stoic relentlessness and deflected fury. White's illustrations explode off the page and Brooks' storytelling brings gripping action and anger to every page." --Tom Reiss, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Black Count" "Brooks's text seethes with rage at the soldiers' mistreatment, but he insists that even the racists who saw them in action would have respected their accomplishments. Like the text, White's b&w art is intensely furious, emphasizing the war's chaotic horror. Reading the book is a painful, memorable experience." --"Publishers Weekly" ""The Harlem Hellfighters "is perhaps the first graphic novel taking as its theme a major episode in African American History, the heroic performance of black men in combat during World War I. Brilliantly dramatized by Max Brooks--author of such national bestsellers as "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide"--and stunningly illustrated by Canaan White, one of our foremost African-American comic book illustrators, the novel tells the gripping story of the often overlooked black men who served their country in combat against enemy forces during "the Great War." The Harlem Hellfighters served in